ball. >> announcer: here comes john kenneth galbraith. >> osgood: covered by our own charles kuralt. >> reporter: the people have come from rome, hollywood, venice, paris, washington, san francisco, loaned. >> osgood: the party's purpose was good cheer and fellowship, to hear capote tell it. >> before the unhavocking anybody can dance with anybody they want to or talk to anybody they want to. it's a completely free thing. by the time the unmasking come, you made a lot of new friends. that was the point. >> osgood: truman capote never did publish another major work in his lifetime. the short pieces he did write offended some of his high society friends. by 1977 capote had become something of a recognizable cliche. mocked by woody allen in the film annie haul. >> the winner of the truman capote look-alike contest. >> reporter: turns out that was truman capote in an uncredited cameo. he fell into a downward spiral of alcohol and drug addiction. as he freely admitted in a drunken appearance on a 1978 talk show. >> what's going to happen unless you lick this problem of drugs and alcohol?